Ritual is not always meant to make us feel comfortable

Healing-touch-of-jesus_2015.jpg“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” (Luke 7:33-34)

Consider for a moment the irony of Jesus touching people that everyone else considered dirty and John washing people that everyone else considered clean.

We may not think about dirtiness and cleanliness quite the same way these ancient Israelites did, but surely we can still draw inspiration from their symbolically subversive activity?

Mind you, it’s bound to be no less controversial.

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